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Most days, I consider Morris to be an intellectually stimulating and pleasant community where people experience clean air and water, little traffic, varied housing and -- perhaps most important -- each other. It was no surprise to me when the Minnesota Design Team asked about the heart of the community and the answer came back as the people. But that doesn't mean this is a placid and uncomplicated place to live. Sometimes, it is just plain hard to live in a small town. People here have differences of opinions, long memories and no particular fondness for change.
The Discovery Channel has a show called "Dirty Jobs." Each week, host Mike Rowe introduces us to ordinary people with dirty jobs. And just to make it good television, Rowe tries to do the job, working alongside rattlesnake catchers, fish processors, bee removers and septic-tank technicians. I've only watched short segments of the show, mostly to learn the hows and whys of each job. Oh, and it never hurts to see what other people do for a living to start seeing the benefits of your own occupation.
Late-night college bull sessions can get interesting, fueled by caffeine, idealism and little sleep. But when morning light and reality hit, the plausibility of the plans hatched the night before often fades to black. The idea to start a second student-run newspaper at the University of Minnesota, Morris wasn't new, but until now, initiative never successfully followed insight. The Counterweight, with a fourth edition about to hit the news stands, might prove to be an exception.
There have been a number of surveys going on in our community recently on everything from kindergarten options to business needs. Coincidentally, I have conducted my own rather informal and highly unscientific survey and have found nearly unanimous agreement among our downtown business on one point: the trees on Main Street are a nuisance and should be cut down. Why, you ask?
0 3 When my dad was born in 1924, the first son in a family of seven, his parents marked the occasion by purchasing a mantel clock at the Forbord Jewelry Store in Kerkhoven. For the past 10 years, the clock has resided on the top of my computer desk.I wind it on Sunday afternoons, just like my grandmother did for nearly 70 years.I think it's amazing to have something like th
One night about a year and a half ago, I was enjoying a cocktail with a friend when Terry Manney stopped by our table to visit. She shared with me the news that there was a job opening at the newspaper and suggested that I apply. She bought me a beer and said she thought she'd enjoy working with me. I went home and updated my resume.Needless to say, I owe her one.
For as long as I can remember, Memorial Day has meant going to the cemetery. On the first warm, sunny Saturday each May, my mother would load geraniums and watering cans in the trunk, put all of her children in the car and drive to St. Bridget's cemetery in DeGraff. It didn't matter if you thought you had better things to do, when Mom said it was time to go take care of the graves you were wise to jump in the car. In addition to planting red geraniums on relative's graves, we clipped grass, pulled weeds and cleaned headstones.
Doug Rasmusson passed away Sunday at the age of 78. Unlike many of you, who knew him for decades, I talked with Doug only about a half-dozen times in my 15 months at this paper. Like many of you, however, I enjoyed every minute. And I am proud the Sun Tribune was able to include his column weekly on these pages. Doug could say in 10 words what many of us can't say in 10,000. Evoking powerful, poignant and humorous memories and emotions with a brevity of words is a gift shared by only the truly talented writers. To use a Doug-ism, it's a skill he had in spades.
The Morris Area school board is expected to vote on making more than $637,000 worth of staff reductions and other cost containment measures on Monday. The board meets at 7 p.m. in the Morris Area High School Media Center. The budget moves were necessitated by aprojected $621,000 shortfall for the 2005-2006 school year.
A lingering concern as the Morris Area School District readies for the opening of its $27 million elementary school this fall is the fate of the current 17-acre elementary building site. The building site is on the National Register of Historic Places, a lofty standing that nonetheless would mean nothing should the building and acreage become an albatross for the district because of demolition and asbestos removal costs.